Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics

 Applications for the Summer Academy 2021 are closed.

Our Summer Academy. Your economics: Workshops, panel discussions, participants and lecturers from around the world.
One week of learning, exchanging thoughts and engaging with each other.


Brought to you by Network for Pluralist Economics and Protestant Academy of Thuringia.

Do you think that our society faces daunting challenges and that these challenges need to be addressed on the level of the economy? Are you asking yourself how we can analyze, comprehend, and shape the economy? The economy is a multifaceted, highly complex process. Yet, mainstream economics is far too narrow and one-dimensional in its approach to grasp economic realities and offers little room for critical reflection. Our goal is to diversify economic teaching and research. We invite you to join us in this endeavor!

It is high time for change, high time for our Summer Academy! Here is where you will be able to let your curiosity and inquisitiveness run free, explore alternative approaches to economics, and engage with like-minded students with different backgrounds, inspiring activists, and leading scholars. Every year we prepare an exciting program for you, consisting of 12 week-long workshops, topical evening lectures, and open spaces.

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Previous Summer Academies

Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics 2020: Mainstream Economics Sold Out?

Marked by the global corona virus pandemic this summer academy took place online. The circumstances have shown that economic policy catchwords like "lack of alternatives", "growth" or "the hard facts" don't work any more. Our answer: The economy is a multifaceted and complex phenomenon. The approaches of mainstream economics, however, are too limited and one-dimensional to fully comprehend it and offer little room for critical reflection. With our summer academy, the time has come to change this. read more...

Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics 2019: Economics in Transformation

Climate change, nationalism, poverty in old age, lack of equal opportunities: Why is the market economy not in a position to ensure both social balance and the protection of ecological livelihoods? It may be because of the neoclassical school, which is taught almost exclusively at the universities - and has thus determined economic policy for decades. In order to find sustainable concepts for the ecological-social transformation of society, more theoretical and methodological diversity in economics is necessary. read more...

Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics 2018: Ten Years after the Crash

On 15 September 2008, Lehman Brothers, one of the world's most influential investment banks, filed for bankruptcy and the world plunged into its worst economic crisis since the 1930s. Suddenly, economics came into the public spotlight: why didn't renowned economists recognize the devastating dynamics of the financial sector? Did economics play a part in the crisis with its support for crisis-ridden deregulation? read more...

Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics 2017: Exploring Economics

This summer academy is dedicated to the diversity of economic thinking. Many students ask themselves: Do I study economics or neoclassicism? And which theory schools are there apart from Neoclassicism? read more...

Workshop Reviews

Do you want to know what you can learn at the summer academy? Our participants have written workshop reviews.




This project is brought to you by the Network for Pluralist Economics (Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik e.V.).  It is committed to diversity and independence and is dependent on donations from people like you. Regular or one-off donations would be greatly appreciated.